Flavored Whiskey

As with other spirits categories, whiskey can be flavored with herbs, spices, fruit flavors, or just about anything else, typically just before it is bottled. One of the biggest trends in whiskey in the last decade has been the growth of cinnamon-flavored whiskey, particularly Fireball. Honey-flavored whiskeys have also surged in popularity in recent years. These flavored styles offer an easier, sweeter, and friendlier entry point into the sometimes daunting world of whiskey and are usually geared toward novice drinkers, though a few more elevated offerings are on the market. Note that flavored whiskeys are distinct from whiskeys that are aged or finished in a unique barrel (such as a used Port wine barrel or a maple wood barrel), even though it may impart a specific and unique flavor. These types of whiskeys are categorized (and are widely considered) as full members of their parent category (bourbon, rye, Scotch, etc.).

Top Flavored Whiskey Posts:

George Dickel Tabasco Barrel Finish
Sons of Liberty Pumpkin Spice Flavored Whiskey (2016) and Gala Apple Flavored Whiskey
Ol’ Major Bacon Flavored Bourbon
Old Forester Mint Julep
Fireball Cinnamon Whisky
Wild Turkey American Honey Sting

Review: Hochstadter’s Slow & Low Rock and Rye Canned Cocktail

By Drew Beard | April 26, 2020 |

We already gave you the lowdown on Hochstadter’s Slow & Low Rock & Rye way back in 2014, and we even told you back then that there was also an adorable canned version of this classic cocktail-cum-candy-fix. Since canned cocktails are all the rage now and it’s been a hot minute since we last tasted…

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Review: Misunderstood Ginger Spiced Whiskey

By Christopher Null | April 10, 2020 |

Misunderstood isn’t too hard to understand: It makes just one product, whiskey flavored with ginger and other spices. The product, subtitled as “Legend One,” is described as “an 80 proof American blended whiskey distilled from Midwest grains, aged in used American oak barrels, and proudly infused & bottled in Kentucky.” To start with, the ginger…

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Review: Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Apple

By Christopher Null | February 14, 2020 |

Following up on expressions like its Tennessee Fire and Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s continues to tinker with adding flavored expressions to its repertoire. The latest: Tennessee Apple, which is exactly what you think it is, a heavily flavored mix of JD and apple liqueur. It tastes exactly like you’d expect, too, starting with a nose…

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Review: Stolen X Rock & Rye

By Christopher Null | October 8, 2019 |

Recently, Stolen Spirits branched out from rum to whiskey, and now it’s taking its nascent brand even further with the launch of Stolen X, a flavored “rock & rye” whiskey. Ingredients in this blend include  straight American rye whiskey, organic raw honey, and real orange peel — no artificial anything. The nose of the spirit…

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Review: Traverse City Whiskeys – Complete Lineup

By Christopher Null | October 4, 2019 |

Traverse City Whiskey is a Michigan-based purveyor of, well, whiskey. The company got its start in 2012 and was sourcing product at that time. Now its own stills are up and running and all of its products are distilled and aged in-house. Oddly enough, we’ve only reviewed one of Traverse City’s products to date: cocktail…

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Review: Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey

By Christopher Null | October 3, 2019 |

The only proper answer to a Fireball is a Skrewball, no? In case you’ve missed it, peanut butter flavored whiskey is here, and it’s taking the world by storm (at least a bit). There’s no huge setup here. This is some random young whiskey (Canadian?) pumped to the gills with peanut butter flavoring. It’s “natural…

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Review: Ambros Banana Whiskey

By Christopher Null | September 18, 2019 |

Day-O! Who’s ready for banana flavored whiskey? Ambros bills itself as “the first shelf-stable, flavored liquor infused with only 100% real fruit.” I’m assuming they mean bananas, not all fruit, but that’s still an intriguing concept. Here’s what we know about what’s in the bottle: The process: Each batch is infused with 50,000 bananas (no…

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Review: Root Out Root Beer Flavored Whisky

By Christopher Null | September 12, 2019 |

Hey, though it may sound weird, this actually isn’t the first root beer flavored whiskey we’ve reviewed; we gave Uncle Bob’s version the once over way back in 2015. Root Out gets its start as four year old Canadian whisky, to which vanilla and various root beer flavorings have been added. The finished product is…

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Review: O’Donnell Flavored Moonshines

By Christopher Null | June 21, 2019 |

I could understand if you didn’t believe me when I say there’s a company in Berlin making moonshine. This five year old brand offers a straight moonshine but is better known for three flavored offerings. Fairly low in alcohol and all heavily sweetened, they drink more like liqueurs you’d find served warm at a German…

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Review: MurLarkey Honey Whiskey and Three Tea Whiskey

By Christopher Null | June 1, 2019 |

Bristow, Virginia-based MurLarkey Spirits markets a wide range of spirits, including vodka, gin, and straight whiskeys, but it’s drawn the most attention for its line of flavored whiskeys, which revolve around authentic, natural ingredients. Recently, MurLarkey Product Master George ‘Papi’ Zwetkow and Co-Founder & President Mike Larkin rolled out two new additions to the flavored…

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